Reviewer:kill bill 2
December 7, 2013 Subject:
Dziga Vertov's ode to Lenin
This film was done under Stalin and is heavily tainted by it's propagandic (yes, I invented the word)message: the grandeur of Lenin.
Many directors suffered under Stalin, even the greatest: Eisenstein, had to end his career after the wrath of Stalin provoked by "Ivan the Terrible" seen as a veiled denunciation of Stalin. Dziga Vertov offers here a masterpiece, amazing montage, pace and hybridation (another new creation of mine) of silent and sound film: the sequence with the Soviet Union stopped in motion by Lenin's death is as haunting as it is amazing... Stalin's regime hasn't wounded his genius (although it will...).
It isn't a work of equal calibre as "Man with a Movie Camera" and repetition and annoying elements are a pity BUT it remains an impressive work, with gorgeous imagery and a capacity to move all these years later. I will resist the urge to reveal stunning scenes!!!
The film does feature a lot of shots of Lenin's corpse and a few rather racist intertitles towards the Central Asians (i.e. suggesting that they can't differentiate a tent from a mausoleum). But it's well worth a watch!!! ^_^
May 2, 2010 Subject:
....Who In The...
....Hell Would Want To Hear Anything From That Butcher..?..